“Exceptional” drought conditions spread in California

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In this Oct. 8, 2009 file photo, sunlight is seen reflecting on water flowing south in the California Aqueduct near Patterson, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

In this Oct. 8, 2009 file photo, sunlight is seen reflecting on water flowing south in the California Aqueduct near Patterson, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

The National Weather Service says California’s drought conditions have worsened over the past week.

“Exceptional” drought conditions have spread in Central California since a week ago and now some areas in the northern part of the state have moved into the “exceptional” category.

“Exceptional” is the highest drought intensity category. Last week, about 25 percent of the state was in that category. Now, it is 33 percent. A year ago, no part of the state was in this category.

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